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www.blimpduino.com: low cost open source autonomous blimp - JJrobots JP - 08-30-2017 10:13 AM

Hi all,
We are working on the new version of the blimpduino. The original project was developed time ago by DIYdrones (by the hand of Chris Anderson and Jordi Muñoz). Now, jjrobots and mrobotics.io (the new company of Jordi) are creating the new blimpduino 2.0. Chris will back us up on this.

Basically, this new OPEN SOURCE blimpduino will have:
- Altitude sensor (laser)
- 3 propellers (4th optional)
- Camera (OPENMV) (optional)
- Remotelly controlled via smartphones (yes, plural. Two/Three pilots will be able to control the blimp in real time while it is in the air)
- Visual recognition features
- Frontal radar system (laser): obstable avoidance
- magnetometer/accelerometer to keep the heading
- Control range: up to 100 meters-
- Frame fully 3D printable
-Manual/autonomous navigation

The battery is lasting (still testing things...) about an hour, but we will increase the flying time once the automatic flying control is perfectly tuned.

We are aiming to keep the price as low as possible

We will keep everyone (subscribed) updated via short emails : visit blimpduino.com

Now it is the time for ideas and proposals. What do you want the blimpduino have as a feature?

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RE: www.blimpduino.com: low cost open source autonomous blimp - luis_diaz - 09-12-2017 10:07 AM

This seems to be a really cool project!!

Will love to have the chance to program flight paths with files and be able to share and run those from the controller.


RE: www.blimpduino.com: low cost open source autonomous blimp - JJrobots JP - 09-12-2017 04:19 PM

(09-12-2017 10:07 AM)luis_diaz Wrote:  This seems to be a really cool project!!

Will love to have the chance to program flight paths with files and be able to share and run those from the controller.
Good idea. We will try to implement that. A simple format file will do the job:
"+10 seconds forward,stop 3 seconds,go up 80 cms, turn left 30º..."==
"navigation.fly" file:
+10.0FWD
3.0STOP
+0.80HEIGHT
+30LEFT


Now we are working on the external control. Using the smartphone is fine but an Xbox controller is making everything easier.
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RE: www.blimpduino.com: low cost open source autonomous blimp - juice - 01-09-2018 07:02 PM

Looks awesome so far! Cannot wait to try it out, seems like a really cool platform to work off of.

My only question is with your choice of the laser for the altitude hold. Why this over a barometer? In the past, we've had issues with the altitude hold if there are obstacles or people below the drone, then the drone would adjust it's altitude according to the height of the object it is flying over.

Any thoughts on that?


RE: www.blimpduino.com: low cost open source autonomous blimp - JJrobots JP - 01-10-2018 11:43 AM

We have added a barometer to the electronics (a very accurate one) and still testing it under very different conditions. The advantages of the laser: you can fly the blimp in your house and it will keep its altitude within cms. The CONS: it is expensive and if you fly over a chair/table, the blimp will climb up according to its new "floor level". This last "problem" is a little bit annoying as you need a clear area to fly the blimp without adjusting continuously its altitude. The laser will be an addon so you can mount it in front of the blimp (attached to a servo) and scan for obstacles, working as a collision radar.
Current status: working on the control APP / interface (layout attached)
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